Current exhibition: 









Turbulent Identities

Altered Esthetics seeks submissions of all mediums for, Turbulent Identities, an exhibition at Ae’s gallery at the Southern Theater in March, with a possible travel opportunity to St. Olaf College in April 2017.

This exhibition hopes to explore how popular culture reinforces power imbalances between dominant and marginalized groups by selectively adopting indigenous practices and symbols. Many feel that after demanding assimilation and Westernization, the exploitation of cultures and identities for mainstream enjoyment is appropriative and perpetuates ideas of inferiority. Our aim is to curate a show that discusses the confusion between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation. We strongly encourage people of color to join us in using art as a platform to discuss current issues.

Submission Deadline: January 29, 2017

Exhibition Dates: March 3 – April 2, 2017  & April 2 – 23, 2017

Submission Guidelines:

o   Five images relating to the theme

o   No submission fee, but if selected artists are expected to pay a $35 exhibition fee. We do offer a waiver for low-income artists. 

o   Artwork must be ready to hang. Preferably wired with eye hooks.

o   Artist Statement is required, specifically address your submitted work in context to the theme

o   Feel free to contact gallery@alteredesthetics.org with questions.


Submit here!




4th Ae Film Festival - June 2017 - The Southern Theater


Over the past ten years, Altered Esthetics has hosted over 100 group exhibitions, launched a solo exhibitions program for emerging artists, and have brought the work of more than 700 artists to public view - many of whom were sharing their artwork with the public for the very first time. Altered Esthetics largest program is the  Ae Film Festival (formerly the Ae Art House Film Festival), an annual ARTshare event dedicated to the organization’s mission to foster an inclusive and sustainable arts community through exhibitions, education, and outreach. By drawing on a broad range of innovative modes and techniques, the festival exhibits artists who explore the art of the moving image, including artworks that represent experimental narratives, avant-garde poetics, genre-expanding documentary, and contemporary art practices. The selections of short film and video work and accompanying panel discussions stretches the notion of what the moving image is and can be. 

Ae Film Festival proudly and excluisvely accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.


Deadline: March 31, 2017

Notifications: April 15, 2017

Altered Esthetics is a volunteer-driven arts advocacy organization and gallery located at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis. 

We provide open spaces for curated art exhibitions and workshops.

Our community includes a diversity of artists, mediums, and audiences.


The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Avenue South

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

Gallery Hours:

Fridays and Saturdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm (before theater performances).

We open from 5-7pm during receptions.